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Health care deal boosts West Coast port talks

5:23 p.m. August 27
Progress seen with West Coast contract

LOS ANGELES — Negotiators hoping to forge a new contract for dockworkers and keep hundreds of billions of dollars in cargo moving smoothly through West Coast seaports made significant progress with a tentative deal on health care benefits, a knotty issue that tied up talks for months.

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Consumer confidence approaches 7-year high

By CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER, Associated Press August 26, 2014 8:19 p.m.

WASHINGTON — U.S. consumer confidence this month reached its highest point in nearly seven years, boosted by strong job gains.

Port's director given 3 percent raise, to $197k

By Aaron Corvin August 26, 2014 5:37 p.m.

The Port of Vancouver Board of Commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to approve an annual salary of $196,980 for the port's executive director, Todd Coleman. That's up 3 percent from $191,243. The board made the decision retroactive to Jan. 1.

Survey finds fault with Fed's interest rate plan

By CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER, Associated Press August 26, 2014 5:37 p.m.

WASHINGTON — Economists appear to be of two minds about the Federal Reserve.

HP recalls 6 million notebook PC power cords

By Bloomberg News August 26, 2014 5:34 p.m.

SAN FRANCISCO — Hewlett-Packard is recalling more than 6 million personal-computer power cords in the U.S. and Canada, citing reports of overheating and melting units.

Apple said to prepare new 12.9-inch iPad for 2015

By Bloomberg News August 26, 2014 5:33 p.m.

TAIPEI, Taiwan — Apple's suppliers are preparing to manufacture the company's largest-ever iPad, with production scheduled to commence by the first quarter of next year, according to people with knowledge of the matter.

Case-Shiller shows slide in home price increases

By The Columbian August 26, 2014 5:30 p.m.

Vancouver Vancouver — The monthly S&P/Case-Shiller home price index for June recorded what it called a "sustained slowdown in price increase" that showed up in its 20-city composite, which includes the Portland-Vancouver metro area, and in other home price indexes.

S&P 500 closes above 2,000

By ALEX VEIGA, Associated Press August 26, 2014 5:28 p.m.

It was a big round-number day for the stock market.

Small-business owners voice opposition to oil terminal in Vancouver

By Aaron Corvin August 26, 2014 5:40 p.m.

Opponents of building the Northwest’s largest oil-by-rail terminal at the Port of Vancouver packed a hearing room Tuesday to keep up their criticism of port commissioners and to urge them to reconsider their lease decision.

BNSF executive: Oil train safety can improve  

By Eric Florip August 26, 2014 8:16 p.m.

As questions continue to swirl about the safety of transporting crude oil by rail, BNSF Railway’s top executive acknowledged Tuesday that the process can be safer, and said his company welcomes the regulatory push toward more modern tank cars.

Burger King plans expansion of Tim Hortons worldwide

By Associated Press August 26, 2014 11:43 a.m.

MIAMI — Burger King struck an $11 billion deal to buy Tim Hortons that would create the world's third largest fast-food company and could make the Canadian coffee-and-doughnut chain more of a household name around the world.

Longshore members ratify contract with grain operators

By Aaron Corvin August 26, 2014 5:35 p.m.

Workers will return to United Grain in Vancouver, other terminals on Wednesday

Washington View: Pity the poor streamers

August 26, 2014 6 a.m.

Every day, birds flying near a certain spot on the California-Nevada border are incinerated in midair. They're called "streamers" for the puff of smoke that appears as they ignite and plummet to the ground. Federal wildlife investigators estimate there's one "streamer" every two minutes.

Boeing wins $8.8B BOC order on Asian demand

By Kyunghee Park, Bloomberg News August 26, 2014 6 a.m.

SINGAPORE — Boeing won an order for 82 jets from BOC Aviation valued at $8.8 billion in list prices as Asian aircraft-leasing companies boost their fleet amid a surge in travel demand across the continent.

Heraeus Shin-Etsu America closing Camas operation

By Gordon Oliver August 25, 2014 4:54 p.m.

A Japan-based company that produces a key product used in the manufacture of silicon crystals and ingots for semiconductors is closing its Camas operations, leaving dozens of mostly long-term employees without jobs.

B.C. coal port wins approval, plans to open in fall 2015

By Ralph Schwartz, The Bellingham Herald August 25, 2014 4:52 p.m.

BELLINGHAM — A coal port just across the Canadian border received a major approval Thursday and expects to open in fall 2015.